Irrational things I still do with computers


It’s my hope that admitting to these will be the first step to overcoming them. But they seem to be so ingrained I’m not sure:

  • I instinctively clear and reuse open buffers or unsaved text files, rather than closing and starting new files. Do I think I’m saving paper or electrons that way? Who knows.

  • I always manually empty folders before deleting them. Even the DOS I grew up with had DELTREE, so maybe I’m just paranoid.

  • Calculating the square root of 2. Get it? Because it’s an… oh shut up.

  • Hungarian notation. Visual Basic habits die hard. I do love though how readable sigils make Perl code in a plain text editor.

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